Thursday, June 17, 2010


Yesterday was our last day in Arenal and now we are in San Jose. Every country has at least 1 very special place and in my humble opinion, Arenal is Costa Rica's special place. If you come here, that is the place that should not be missed. Take my advice and stay on the lava side of the volcano. We didnt spend any time on the other side of the volcano where most people stay but I think that they really missed out. The volcano erupts constantly every day all day long. The real show starts at dusk when you can actually see the lava rocks bouncing down the volcano sides. I tried to get a picture but without a powerful camera and tripod, this was the best that I could do. Trust me, its much better in person.

In a previous post, I explained about our wonderful hotel and the nightly cooking sessions. Check out the sushi that I rolled. The place was vegetarian so our rolls only had veggies, avocado, cream cheese and deep fried green beans. Even so, they were fun and delicious. My only complaint was that we only got 1 roll each when we all could have easily eaten 2 or more.

Last night was falafel night and we all got to participate in making and rolling the falafel balls. Below is Isaac, the genius chef teaching us about falafel. For the first time, last night, I felt a pang of home sickness. Not enough to send me home before the end of the trip but there is something about cooking and eating together with friends that made me really miss cooking and eating with my friends and family. Isaac, if you are reading this, I'm sure that my mom thanks you for reminding me about why there is no place like home.

If you look closely, you can see the rainbow next to the volcano. Like I said, this is a very special place. It is definately right up there with Semuc Champey in Guatemala, the Bay Islands in Honduras and Ometepe in Nicaragua.

I've mentioned before how great it is to run into people that we have met in previous places. Today, at our hostel in San Jose, we ran into half of the pair that we stayed with in Tamarindo. This world is very small. We have now been in 4 cities at the same time in 2 different countries.
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Brandy said...

I totally miss cooking dinner and deciding whose house this time! We'll do it again soon! But awesome job on the sushi! it looked professional! lol